Coaching, when referring to getting coached by a professional coach, is a teaching or training process in which an individual gets support while learning to achieve a specific personal or professional result or goal. The individual getting coached may be referred to as the client, the mentee or coachee, or they may be in an intern or apprenticeship relationship with the person coaching them. Coaching may also happen in an informal relationship between one individual who has greater experience and expertise than another and offers advice and guidance, as the other goes through a learning process.
The structures, models and methodologies of coaching are numerous, and may be designed to facilitate learning new behavior for personal growth, or professional advancement. There are also forms of coaching that help the coachee improve a physical skill, like in a sport or performing art form. Some coaches use a style in which they ask questions and offer opportunities that will challenge the coachee to find answers from within him/herself. This “socratic method” facilitates the learner to discover answers and new ways of being based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.
When coaching is aimed at facilitating psychological or emotional growth it should be differentiated from therapeutic and counseling disciplines, since a client of coaching, in most cases, is considered healthy (i.e. not sick). The purpose of the coaching is to help them move forward from their present situation.
Different coaching methods may be done with individuals or with groups, in person, over the phone or online.
Today more than ever before people are turning to professional life coaches for a variety of reasons. For some, they simply understand that professional life coaching assistance can help them achieve a higher level of success in business and in life. Others are motivated by the troubling realization their lives are moving on a random course without definition, direction or control. The stresses of everyday life, unstable economic conditions, career uncertainties, relationship challenges, a health crisis, and a failed marriage are but a few of the many factors that can contribute to a feeling of quiet desperation.
“If I could only get my life in order…do the things I know I should do…everything would be better.” This is where professional coaching can truly make a difference. And, the fact that the coaching industry has grown and continues to grow so rapidly is an indication people clearly understand the value of professional coaching.
When times are tough, more and more people turn to professional coaches for the help they need to achieve their goals.
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